Sunday, January 8, 2012

You Are More Than What You Have Become

In a BYU Devotional a few months ago, President Monson quoted the movie The Lion King. In his talk he told us what Mufasa told Simba: "You are more than what you have become...Remember who you are." Like Simba, I think we sometimes forget that we are children of a King. When we forget who we are and where we come from, we also forget where we are going and what we came here to do. We allow the world to cloud our vision, obstructing our view of our divine qualities and potential.

I recently had the privilege of attending the baby blessing of my newest nephew, Jace. I've come to love baby blessings because they remind me of the potential we all have to conquer the world and achieve greatness. But the purpose of life is not merely to overcome the world so that we can live with God again. The purpose is that we BECOME like God. When Simba first looked in the water, he just saw his own reflection. But when he looked deeper, he saw the image of his father replace his reflection. So it is with us. When we look in the mirror at our own reflections at the end of each day, do we just want to see the same person that stared at us that morning or do we want to see more of the Father in our countenances?

Watch this clip from the movie and you'll see just how many parallels there are to the gospel.

Thanks, Disney :)

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